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DeWitt Prentice of CT

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DeWitt Prentice of CT and NY
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2012 and Revised 16 Nov 2016

Update of 16 Nov 2016: Garrett Prentice is Garrett Dewitt Prentice, #53 in our Valentine3 Prentice eBook. That eBook now replaces this article.


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1. Garret Prentiss, b. c. 1797 NY. 1850 in Red Hook, Dutchess Co, NY., per 1850 census.

He m. Diana M., b. c. 1802, NY. Children:

  1. Homer Prentiss, b. c. 1824, NY. 1850 in Red Hook, Dutchess Co, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Mary Prentiss, b. c. 1835, NY. 1850 in Red Hook, Dutchess Co, NY, and d. 23 Apr 1891. She is bur as Mary Parish in Fort Hill Cem., Auburn, in the South Slope Greenwood , Sec. 3, as is Dewitt Prentice's wife, Ethel, and his step-son, Adelbert..
  3. Emeline Prentiss, b. c. 1838, NY. 1850 in Red Hook, Dutchess Co, NY.

2. Homer W. Prentiss, perhaps b c. 1923, NY, per Ancestry.com .

He may be the Homer W. Prentiss who signed onto the Marine Corps Muster Rolls on 20 Sep 1847, Brooklyn, NY, and then living in Brooklyn.

Homer appears in the 1870 census in Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., NY. 1880 census in Middle Road, Suffolk Co., NY. He was a peddler shown as married, but no wife appears with him.

He m. Mary Jones on 3 Jul 1849, Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., NY. She was b. c. 1830, Patchogue, Suffolk Co., NY, and d. there 1860. An Ancestor Chart for her can be found at Ancestry.com . They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Dewitt Prentice, aka Garrett D. Prentiss, b. c. 1851-2, CT or NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  2. George W. Prentiss, b. c. 1854, Patchogue, Suffolk Co., NY. 1870 census in Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., NY.
  3. Mary M. Prentiss, b. c. 1857, Patchogue, Suffolk Co., NY.
  4. Perhaps Rettie (Prentice?), b. c. 1860 and d. 4 Feb 1900. She appears in the 1892 non-alphabetical census as a Dressmaker. and is bur in Fort Hill Cem., Auburn, in the South Slope Greenwood , Sec. 4-1, as is Dewitt Prentice.
  5. Rose Prentiss, b. c. 1863 NY. 1870 census in Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., NY.

3. Dewitt Prentice, aka Garrett D. Prentiss, b. c. 1851-2, CT or NY, and d. 14 Feb 1918 in Auburn, Cuyaga Co., NY (per Cayuga court records [probating his Will dated 1 Dec 1915). Bur Fort Hill Cem., Auburn, NY; see Fort Hill Cem. Interment Roster .

He may be the

We have a minor difference in his birth year, but a major difference as to his place of birth:

  1. The 1880 census in Fleming, NY, says Dewitt Prentice was b. c 1851 in NY, as were his parents.
  2. The 1892 state census in Auburn, NY, says Dewitt Prentice was b. 1850 in the U.S., as was his wife, Lucy.
  3. The 1900 census in Auburn, NY, says Dewitt Prentice was b. Jun 1850 in NY, as were his parents.
  4. The 1905 Auburn census says he was b, in the U.S
  5. The 1910 Auburn census, incorrectly, says he was b. in CT, as were his parents.
  6. Bernie Corcoran's email of 12 Nov 2016, enclosing Dewitt's obituary, relates that he was b, in Long Island NY on June 14, 1850 and moved from Fleming, NY, to Auburn NY about 1888. It reads as follows:

      Dewitt C. Prentice Dead. Dewitt C. Prentice, age 67, passed away at his home, No 53 Fitch Avenue yesterday afternoon at 3:45 o'clock after an illness of a week. For several years he had suffered with heart trouble and this was given as cause if the death. Mr. Prentice was born in Long Island June 14 1850 and for the past 30 years has resided in this city. When first coming to this city, he conducted a second hand store and in later years has run a junk business at No. 32 Clark Street.

      Besides his wife, Ethel, he leaves two sons, Adelbert and Ralph Prentice, both of this city. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at the late home at 3 o'clock. Rev. Curtis C. Roszell, pastor of the First Methodist Church, will officiate and burial will be in Fort Hill Cemetery.

The 1880 census in Fleming, Cayuga Co., NY shows him as a single boarder, a Tin Peddler.

The 1883 Auburn City Directory shows him at 36 Lansing 5 as a Laborer.

The 1888 Auburn City Directory shows him at 32 Maple as a Tin Peddler.

The 1892 census in Auburn, Cayuga Co., NY, shows him as a Merchant with his wife, Lucy, b. c. 1852, U.S. She d. 23 Oct 1899, Auburn, age 47. In 1900 Dewitt is shown as a widower. Bur Fort Hill Cem., Auburn, NY; see Fort Hill Cem. Interment Roster . <

The 1903 Auburn City Directory shows him at 43 Seward Ave. as a Junk Dealer.. p>Dewitt m. 1st Lucy sometime between 1880 and her death on 23 Oct 1899. Although it seems likely that they had 1 or more children in that 19 year period, none is yet known and none is mentioned in his Will (per email of Bernie Corcoran, 13 Nov 2016).

Dewitt m. 2nd Ethel M. Parish, c. 1902 per the 1910 census which indicates DeWtt and Ethel had been married 8 years. She was b. Nov 1874, Auburn, NY, and d. c. 1953, Auburn, Cayuga Co., NY. Bur Fort Hill Cem., Auburn, NY; see Fort Hill Cem. Interment Roster .

Ethel had a prior marriage to Howard Case. by whom she had a son, Adelbert Rowland Case. 1940 living with her son, Ralph. Living with them in the 1910 Auburn, Cayuga Co., NY, census was her widowed father, Rowland Parish, b. c. 1833, NY; his wife had been Mary/Polly Ward (1834-1891); An Ancestor Chart for Mary/Polly can be found at Ancestry.com . Ethel's obituary reads as follows:

    Mrs. Ethel Parish Prentice, 78, widow of DeWitt Prentice of 53 Fitch Ave., died last evening in Mercy Hospital after a long illness. She was born in Auburn and worked is a finisher at the Columbia Rope Co. for 23 years, starting in 1911.

    Surviving her are two sons, Adelbert R. [Case] Prentice and Ralph E. Prentice of Aurora; two grandchildren, Mrs. Sarah (Hoeinkern?) and Fred L. Prentice, both of Auburn; two grandchildren.

    Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the home. The Rev. Grant S. Miller of Westminster Presbyterian Church will officiate. Interment will be at Fort Hill Obituary. Friends may call at the home tonight, Saturday and Sunday at their convenience.

Son of Ethel and Howard Case who d. 23 Jul 1901 in Auburn, New York, at the age of 39.

  1. Adelbert Rowland Case, b. 11 Apr 1894, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]

Son of Ethel and DeWitt who she m. c. 1902 per the 1910 census:

  1. Ralph E. Prentice, b. 28 Jun 1904 and d. 6 Feb 1967 per the SSDI and cem. records. Bur Fort Hill Cem., Auburn, NY; see Fort Hill Cem. Interment Roster . 1910 at home in Auburn, Cayuga Co., NY. 1940 living with his mother, Ethel.

The 1910 census incorrectly identifies both of Ethel's sons, Adelbert and Ralph, as sons of DeWitt and gives the sons the surname "Prentice."

4. Adelbert Rowland Case, b. 11 Apr 1894, NY, and d there Apr 1973. Bur Fort Hill Cem., Auburn, NY; see Fort Hill Cem. Interment Roster . 1910 at home in Auburn, Cayuga Co., NY. 1920, 1930, 1940 in Auburn.

He m. Ruth, b. 25 Jan 1896, NY, and d. there Apr 1987 per the SSDI. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) - Thursday, April 2, 1987: Ruth Rice Prentice

    Ruth Rice Prentice, 91, of 31 Wood St. died Wednesday at Auburn Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Prentice was born in Cato and lived in Auburn all of her adult life. She was a member of the United Church of Auburn.

    Surviving are a son, Fred L. of Auburn; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

    Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Brew Funeral Home with the Rev. Todd E. Putney officiating. Burial will be in Throopsville Rural Cemetery. Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 48 South St.

Children of Adelbert and Ruth:

  1. Sarah Prentice, b. c. 1924, NY. 1920, 1930, 1940 at home in Auburn, NY
  2. Frederick Losey Prentice Sr.b. c. 1925, Auburn, Cayuga Co., NY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . [5]

Note: Adelbert and his children and grandson should properly be surnamed "Case" unless they had been formally adopted by DeWitt Prentice. An exception would be that, as a matter of law, any person is entitled to use whatever surname they want unless it is for the purpose of fraud.

5. Fredrick Losey Prentice Sr. , b. c. 1925, Auburn, Cayuga Co., NY, and d. there 12 Jan 1997, Auburn, Cayuga Co., NY. 1920, 1930, 1940 at home in Auburn, NY. His obituary reads as follows:

    Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) — Tuesday, January 14, 1997: Fred L Prentice Sr, 71 f Auburn

    Fred L. Prentice Sr., 71, of 8 Hoffman St. died Sunday at Auburn Memorial Hospital.

    Mr. Prentice was a life resident of Auburn. He was an engineer specialist in the 333rd Division of the Army during World War II. He was employed by Alco Products for 26 years before his retirement in 1987.

    Surviving are his wife, the former Elizabeth Oliver; four sons, Fred L. Jr., Thomas F., Mark T. and Gregg G.; two daughters, Sharon E. Powers and Deborah A. Lounsbury; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

    Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Brew Funeral Home, the Rev. Leon Oaks-Lee officiating. Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, 48 South St. Contributions may be made to a charity.

He m. Elizabeth Oliver. Children:

  1. Fred L. Prentice Jr., 52 Swift Street, Auburn, NY 13021, (315) 253-0915. He m. Cynthia Jean Schiminske. Daughter:
    1. Kari Lynn Prentice, b. 15 Apr 1976, Auburn, NY.
  2. Thomas F. Prentice, 5813 East Lake Road, Auburn, NY 13021, (315) 252-1859. Grad. of Central H. S. and Arkansas Poly. College, and Auburn Comm. College. .He m. Michele Anne Leone on June 3, 1977. Dau. of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Leone of Auburn. Graduate of Auburn. H. S, Cayuga Comm. College, and Marian S. Whelan School of Nursing.
  3. Mark T. Prentice.
  4. Gregg G. Prentice.
  5. Sharon E. Prentice. She m. Mr. Powers
  6. Deborah A. Prentice. She m. Mr. Lounsbury.

Who are Homer Prentice's Parents?

Homer Prentice might be the son of William H. Prentiss who in 1860 was living in Oyster Bay, Queens Co., Long Island. Oyster Bay is on the N coast of Long Island, about 20 miles NE of Patchogue which lies on the S coast of Long Island.

Investigation is continuing.

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